Cost Engineering - a thought leadership conference 2017

Nigel Babb, Head of Costing – Engineering and Testing


Nigel Babb, Head of Costing – Engineering and Testing

Keynote title: The future of Cost Engineering within Airbus, considering the impact of Digitalisation

Nigel Babb is currently Head of Airbus Costing Engineering within Airbus in the UK responsible for delivery and support of non-recurring costs relative to all sizes of commercial aircraft development for new and existing aircraft programmes.

Initially trained as a Manufacturing and Production Engineer he has gained extensive technical knowledge and experience of Offshore Oil Exploration Systems, Power Generation Monitoring and Aerospace sectors. 

After nearly twenty years in Engineering roles Nigel re-skilled and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and has fulfilled several Finance Management roles within Airbus both in the UK and France.


Andy Kirwan

Andy Kirwan - Head of Advanced Analytics, Network Rail

Keynote title: Developments in Whole Lifecycle Costing for the Railway Infrastructure

Andy Kirwan currently manages a team of 25-30 model developers and analysts with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering. The team provides support across all asset disciplines to core business processes including asset strategy development, regulatory funding reviews, renewals prioritization, enhancement projects, technology/supplier selection and network operations.

He joined Network Rail in 2001. Before taking up his current role, he held senior positions in risk management, safety, strategy and analysis. As Head of Asset Management Development, he was the author of Network Rail’s first Asset Management Strategy. He has been a member of the UIC Asset Management Working Group since 2006 and is currently Chair of the group. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Infrastructure Asset Management Journal, is sponsor of a research programme in asset management at Nottingham University and is actively involved in European rail research through Shift2Rail.

Before joining Network Rail, Andy worked in the nuclear power generation industry, in the risk and asset management consulting sector, and in academia. He has a first class degree in physics and PhD in nuclear structure from the University of Liverpool and an MBA (with distinction) from the Bradford Management Centre.


Herve Joumier

Herve Joumier - Head of ESA Cost Engineering, European Space Agency

Keynote title: Cost Engineering: The smart way to achieve cost efficiency 

H. Joumier (born 1958) has joined the European Space Agency in Noordwijk (Netherlands) in 1998 where he holds now the position of Head of ESA Cost Engineering. He has developed a group of high profile Cost Engineers currently involved in a wide variety of projects early phases, supporting negotiations with Industry, participating to the implementation and running of an integrated design centre where they hold time to time the position of System Engineer or Team Leader.

He has been working for about thirty years in Space Sector starting with ALCATEL through different assignments from Project Controller to Commercial Engineer (1987-1998) and had previously similar experience in the Oil and Gas Industry (1981-1987) with TECHNIP.

H. Joumier was a life member of former ISPA (International Society of Parametric Analysts) where he has served regularly as Director at the Board from 2004 till 2012. He is and now a life member of ICEAA (International Cost Estimating and Analysis association).

He was a member of the SSCAG (Space Systems Cost Analysis Group) and part of the Steering Board of the EACE (European Aerospace Working Group on Cost Engineering) where he brought some contributions to the different sub-groups on methodologies such as the development of precursor models or the cost risk assessment per contributors.

He was member of XPAR (former French parametric association) and AFITEP (French Project Management Association) when in France. He was responsible for the France South West chapter of AFITEP from 1989 to 1992.

H. Joumier has received in 2008 the Clyde Perry Parametrician of the Year Award from ISPA.


Mark Arstall

Marc Arstall - Head of Cost Engineering, Rolls Royce

Key Note Title: Valuing Value

Marc Arstall is the Cost & Value Engineering Executive at Rolls-Royce. Having joined as a Graduate Engineer, his formative years saw him working in Norway, Bristol & Derby before successfully leading the Turbine System Design for the Trent XWB The World's Most Efficient Large Civil Aero Engine, powering the Airbus A350, to first flight. Marc has a passion for innovative functional design and when not running after his young son, enjoys the countryside of the Cotswolds where he lives with his wife. He is currently learning the piano (badly) and embarking on his next big DIY project (hopefully better).